When your leg cramps or hurts during exercise, but feels better when you rest, you may have peripheral artery disease (PAD). The podiatrists at Alliance Foot & Ankle Specialists in Grapevine and Keller, Texas, diagnose PAD on the spot, getting you into a treatment program right away to restore health to your legs. If you’re a man or woman who lives in the Grapevine, Keller, or surrounding area, call Alliance Foot & Ankle Specialists today.
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) occurs when your arteries narrow, restricting the flow of blood to your extremities, particularly your legs.
When you have PAD, you may experience leg pain when you walk or exercise, because your arteries are not carrying sufficient blood to the limb to accommodate the extra activity. Leg pain while walking is called claudication.
You can usually improve or resolve PAD by making healthy lifestyle changes, such as eating a whole-foods diet, quitting smoking, and exercising. If you don’t treat PAD or make lifestyle changes, you increase your risk of severe complications, including heart attack and death.
The main cause of PAD is atherosclerosis, a condition in which blobs of fat accumulate on your arterial walls. The fat deposits slow down the flow of blood.
Less common causes of PAD include:
Symptoms of PAD can easily be mistaken for other conditions, including age-related changes. Talk to the podiatric experts at Alliance Ankle & Foot Specialists if you notice PAD symptoms such as:
The following factors increase your risk for PAD:
Your podiatrist at Alliance Ankle & Foot Specialists helps you make healthy lifestyle changes to resolve your PAD.
For example, that includes quitting smoking and exercising regularly. When you emphasize whole foods in your diet —including fruits and vegetables —you not only lower your cholesterol and resolve your PAD, you better manage or avoid diabetes.
If you have leg cramps or pain, call the experts at Alliance Foot & Ankle Specialists.